BOOK REVIEW: FALSE IMPRESSION
Victoria Wentworth inherited her father's estate and with it came much debt that he accumulated. Victoria tried to solve this problem by borrowing but this only made matters worse. She wrote a letter to her twin sister, Arabella explaining that she found a solution.
As Victoria was writing the note to Arabella she heard the bedroom door open. She figured it was one of the servants who had entered without knocking. As Victoria turned to look, she saw a woman unknown to her. Victoria then noticed that the woman had a kitchen knife. The woman murdered Victoria and cut off her left ear.
Victoria was the owner of a Van Gogh painting called Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear. Bryce Fenston, a New York finance company CEO, was going to arrange to sell the painting to a Japanese collector.
Anna Petrescu is fired from her job at Sotheby's. She was hired by Fenston's bank . Anna knew what was really going on with Fenston and how he managed to increase his valuable art collection by having clients surrender their artwork in lieu of the debt owed to him. She also knew Fenston was not going to sell the Van Gogh but planned to keep it. Bryce knew Anna was a thorn in his side and fired her. The date was September 11th. As Anna was being taken out of her office, a plane crashed into the North Tower. Everyone assumed Anna was dead.
Anna goes along with the story of her being dead. After all, this was all to her advantage. She managed to get the painting and she can now go on with her plans regarding Fenston.
FBI Agent Jack Delaney is suspicious of Anna and doesn't know whether she is as guilty as Fenston and trying to help him or was she really trying to expose him.
What does Anna want to do with the painting? No matter what, danger is lurking all around her.
Jeffrey Archer fans have waited several years for this book. Their wait will be well worth it. The author is known as a great storyteller and this he does so well. He is also known for telling his story with several twists and turns. One thing for sure is the reader will not be lacking any twists in this plot. The book has plenty of action that will keep the readers turning the pages. Some readers might not like the idea of September 11th being part of the plot. However, Jeffrey Archer handles it in a sensitive manner and it will bring back some very deep memories of that day. This book is highly recommended.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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